In the midst of the holiday season, we can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be single in Southern California and participate in the dating scene. It’s probably stressful and overwhelming, but we wanted to hear some expert advice on ways to navigate finding a good date during this festive time of year. We asked matchmaking expert, Erica Arrechea, co-founder of Cinqe Matchmaking, to give us her top 5 tips on how to find a date during the holidays.
The holidays are always recognized as a time when we get together with family and friends, reminisce about the year, and wonder about what is to come. If you’re single, this jolly season could also be a time for you to meet that special someone. After all, we all want what we see on the Hallmark Christmas movies, right? Check out my 5 tips on where and how to meet your mistletoe buddy this season.
1. Work-Out Activities
Don’t let the weather outside fool you; participating in exercise activities such as community volleyball, soccer, soul cycle, or even CrossFit classes could lead you into accidentally bumping into that cute stranger. A few of my close friends have met their significant other at a CrossFit class, so the odds are in your favor.
2. Farmer’s Market
Especially in SoCal, Farmer’s Markets are a non-stop social spot that is full of people all day, every day. Instant romance may not be what you think of when you go to pick up strawberries, though the opportunity of running into an old college friend or locking eyes with that hot guy picking up some avocados does sound promising. *Tip: Don’t wear sunglasses when you’re out and about. It makes it easier to make eye contact with people and to show off your beautiful smile. Works EVERY time.*
3. Reach Out To Your Old Facebook Friends
Singles do not do this enough; reaching out to old Facebook friends that you haven’t spoken to in years is a great way to build up relationships again. Life gets in the way, we get busy, however, there’s always the chance of reconnecting. And who knows? That quick FB message to your high school acquaintance could lead to a few drinks or a nice dinner.
4. Go To The Driving Range
Ladies, this one’s for you. There are ALWAYS guys at the driving range. No matter what time of day, year, anything, it is inevitable that there will be a bunch of men hanging out and enjoying themselves at a driving range. So, why not add yourself to the equation and get to know a few of them?
5. Be Your Own Event Coordinator
What do you do when you first move to a new area and haven’t met anyone? You seek out what the best hot-spots are and you go out and try to mingle with new people. Finding a date is very, very similar. Organize a small event (let’s say inviting a group of your friends to that delicious brunch spot), and ask everyone to bring at least one friend who the group hasn’t met. Something as simple as that could lead to new connections, and an overall good time.
Finding a sweet, fun holiday date can be a lot easier than we expect. Implement some of these tips into your dating life and be open to new people and experiences. If you’re really serious about finding love in the upcoming year, but don’t have the extra funds to commit to a Matchmaker, know that Cinqe is always looking to add more singles to our free online network. Join our growing database of successful, attractive singles at Cinqe.com.
ABOUT ERICA: I grew up in a suburb outside of San Francisco, went to college in San Diego to study marketing, settled in the heart of Los Angeles in 2008. Early in my career, I began reading and following the teachings of Pat Allen, Brené Brown and John Gottman. I was inspired to start building a company with an innate desire for connecting people, whether for business partnerships, great friendships, or something more.
Connecting others enlightens me. Witnessing lasting and meaningful connections is an experience that’s unmatched. It’s been a humbling journey, with the special pleasure of being able to work alongside Patti Stanger, the Queen of my industry.
Ice Cream and art… It’s the perfect combination of childhood dreams when referring to the Museum of Ice Cream in downtown Los Angeles. This Instagram-worthy exhibition has made waves across social media with its deliciously curated rooms of America’s favorite frozen dessert. The museum has gotten so popular that it even caught the attention of Beyoncé, who paid a visit with daughter, Blue Ivy, on Mother’s Day. Getting tickets to isn’t easy, though, as the website has been sold out for months. You have to sign up to MOIC’s newsletter to be notified once additional tickets become available. I had the pleasure of getting the inside “scoop” for SoCal Mag by being invited to celebrate the newest addition to the museum, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.
If you know anything about mochi, you know that it’s an absolutely delightful treat made up of ice cream wrapped in a unique mochi dough. For the My/Mo Mochi Takeover, MOIC is introducing patrons to some of My/Mo’s most indulgent flavors like Sweet Mango, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ripe Strawberry throughout the tour. The pairing couldn’t be anymore ideal, and I loved it so much, that I just had to share the experience with SoCal Mag’s readers. The museum alone is already such a fun experience, mixing in multi-flavored ice cream treats only amplifies the event to another level.
If you don’t get a chance to visit the museum, My/Mo Mochi is available at grocers all across Southern California. Find the retailer closest to you HERE, and be sure to follow their mouth-watering Instagram, @mymomochiicecream. The Museum of Ice Cream is currently sold out at both its L.A. and San Francisco locations, but you can sign up for their newsletter HERE for updates on when tickets become available. Follow the #MOIC at @museumoficecream on Instagram.
(Photography by: Sebastian “Bash” Johnson)
No stranger to collaborations, popular juniors label, Love Tribe, has just launched its latest offering of athleisure with a special Peanuts collection featuring classic American cartoon star, Snoopy. SoCal Magazine thinks this line is perfect for back to school, and quite frankly, anything featuring Snoopy and Woodstock works for us anytime of the year. Check out Love Tribe’s official announcement below, and shop the new collection HERE.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to launch a new collection of Peanuts-inspired pieces, available now at 250 Macy’s stores, LoveTribe.com and macys.com. Featuring the iconic and lovable Snoopy and Woodstock, our new athleisure collection offers young women comfort and style in these timeless pieces.
“We want girls to feel comfort in the clothes they wear, while having fun, hanging out with friends, lounging around, or being active,” said Bonnie Dogan, Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers at Hybrid Apparel. “This new collaboration brings girls that perfect combination of comfort and style, perfect for every day and every casual occasion. By mixing trendy Peanuts prints, inspirational quotes, and fun and flattering silhouettes, we made sure to have something for everyone in this collection.”
Bonnie said it all! We know comfort and style are the keys to satisfying today’s fashionable and active young women. Our new garments do just that and include inspiring and humorous slogans such as “Be Stronger Than Your Excuses,” and “Squad Leader.” We’re also pleased that the dynamic duo, Snoopy and Woodstock, are the two main featured characters in this collection.
“This new line is extremely different from our previous collaborations,” said Dogan. “Peanuts is an absolute classic cartoon that we all have a special place in our hearts for. We are happy to now offer our customers a sporty and athletic collection, versus one that is strictly fashion-based.”
Eclectic American restaurant Norah, situated in the heart of West Hollywood just launched a new light bite menu this week! Starting at 5:00PM daily before their full dinner menu begins at 6:00PM, ‘The Garden’ menu will offer refreshing cocktails, a rotating rosé of the week, and satiating bites including the Cauliflower Tartar and Smoked Trout Rillettes. Chef Mike Williams curated Norah’s menu to have an emphasis on locally-sourced seasonal produce, whole-animal butchery, and vibrant Los Angeles flavors. Norah recently expanded their space to allow for an indoor/outdoor lounge area perfectly suited for summer evenings and the new light bite menu. The open doors and skylights, leafy trees and foliage give Norah a captivating industrial elegance.
With this week’s heatwave, we wanted to approach our skincare regimen in the best, healthiest way possible. We spoke with skincare expert and licensed esthetician , Cheryl Cotton, who wanted to share her tips on taking care of your skin and protecting it from Southern California heat.
To keep your skin glowing in the SoCal heat, I usually stick to four principles that help protect you from the harsh Sun, particularly for delicate skin.
By far, one of the most important things you can do for your skin (and your body) this summer. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Coconut Water is great for your skin. Also, try to snack on foods with high water content such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries.
Give Yourself a Boost of Vitamin-C
Vitamin-C is extremely nourishing for the skin. As a natural antioxidant and skin brightener, Vitamin-C shields your skin from environmental stresses and significantly improves hydration. It also helps promote collagen production which will keep your skin looking younger, longer!
Choose the Right Sunscreen
Zinc-oxide mineral sunscreens provide the best sun protection and help prevent wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Make sure you are using an SPF30 or above. Reapply every 2 hours, and keep in mind that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm. This is the perfect opportunity to rock a hat with a pair of sunglasses.
Avoid Wearing Heavy Make-Up
You have enough wreaking havoc on your skin from the sun, sweat, and excess oil production. The last thing you want to do is suffocate your skin with a layer of heavy make-up. A little eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss is all you need. Let your skin breathe and be free!
Cheryl Cotton has been a licensed Esthetician for 10 years and was certified by the State Board of California. She received advanced aesthetics training from the world-renowned International Dermal Institute and is certified by PCA Skin in Advanced Chemical Peels. Her career in skincare was stemmed from her teenage years when she suffered from Acne and would feel very self-conscious during that time. She began researching treatments and causes of acne, and became fascinated with skin care and how the skin functions. She knew immediately that she had found her passion and all she wanted to do from that point moving forward was to help as many people as possible live acne-free.